The Old Vic have released a new image of Beverley Knight and Sharon Rose as Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst, ahead of the much-anticipated world premiere of the musical Sylvia, which will play from 27 January to 01 April 2023 at the theatre.
Beverley Knight (The Drifters Girl, Sister Act) plays Emmeline Pankhurst and Sharon Rose (Hamilton, Motown the Musical) plays her daughter, the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement, in this revolutionary story that celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – who changed the lives of working women and men across the world.
Joining the previously announced cast is Bradley Charles as Lord Cromer/Richard Pankhurst/Alan, Sinead Long as Ensemble, Kandaka Moore as Mrs Parsons/Sophia Singh, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Ensemble and Malachi Welch as Ensemble.
The cast is Kelly Agbowu as Mrs Flora ‘The General’ Drummond/Mrs Savoy, Verity Blyth as Clementine Churchill/Mrs Scurr, Kimmy Edwards as Emily Davison/Lillie Hardie/Mrs Watkins, Alex Gaumond as Keir Hardie, Jade Hackett as Lady Jennie Churchill/Mrs Payne/Edith Garrud, Sweeney Holdsworth as Silvio Corio, Stevie Hutchinson as Lloyd George/Lord Curzon, Kate Ivory Jordan as Annie Kenney/Norah Smyth, Hannah Khemoh as Understudy Emmeline Pankhurst, Jaye Marshall as Ensemble, Razak Osman as Harry Pankhurst/Sir Almroth Wright/Asquith/King George V, Jay Perry as Winston Churchill/George Lansbury, Sharon Rose as Sylvia Pankhurst, Kirstie Skivington as Adela Pankhurst/Mrs Bird and Ellena Vincent as Christabel Pankhurst.
The Book for Sylvia is by Kate Prince with Priya Parmar, with Music by Josh Cohen & DJ Walde, Lyrics by Kate Prince, Directed & Choreographed by Kate Prince, Set & Costumes by Ben Stones, Lighting by Natasha Chivers, Sound by Tony Gayle, Video & Animation by Andrzej Goulding, Wigs, Hair & Make-up by Cynthia de la Rosa, Co-Music Supervisors are Mark Dickman & Leonn Meade, Casting by Stuart Burt CDG & Oliver Scullion, Dramaturg is Lolita Chakrabarti, Additional Music by Kate Prince, Additional Lyrics by Tachia Newall, Music Production by Josh Cohen & DJ Walde, Musical Director is Sean Green, Voice Coach is Charlie Hughes D’Aeth, Associate Director is Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, Associate Choreographer is Jade Hackett, Resident Director & Choreographer is Chris Alozie, Costume Supervisor is Tash Prynne, Props Supervisor is Fahmida Bakht, Digital Music Programmer is Lucy Baker-Swinburn for Switch Audio, Musicians’ Contractor is Oli Briant and Creative Consultant is Beverley Knight.